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2020 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition

21st Annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition 2020

Otago Museum’s 21st annual Otago Wildlife Photography Competition is open now!

Enter your best photos or videos, and be in to win great prizes and the chance to feature in the Museum’s 2020 Otago Wildlife Photography Exhibition.

This year, we have a new category for first-time entrants, so if you know someone who hasn’t entered yet and you think they should, send them this link!

All entries must represent the natural world as authentically as possible, free from excessive digital manipulation, with honesty in captioning, and total regard for the welfare of the animals, plants and environment.

To help you hone your photography skills, Otago Museum will be running talks, workshops and field trips throughout the competition period. We will be finalising these events soon. Keep an eye on our website or join our mailing list to find out more. Learn more about the different entry categories below.




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Please note:
  • The competition is open to all amateur photographers and videographers resident in Otago. Professionals (defined as having earned 20% or more of their income through photography or videography at any time) are barred from entry, as are commissioned images, images used for a commercial purpose, or images entered in other photography competitions.
  • Images that are heavily digitally altered will not be accepted as entries.
  • Maximum five photo entries and two videos entries per person in any category or combination of categories. 
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of judges – this is a blind judging process.

Full terms and conditions are available here

Entry Specifications


  • Minimum file size 1MB; maximum file size 10MB
  • Photos must be submitted as JPEG files. They can be portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Printed images will be printed at 20cm x 25cm (8in x 10in ) and displayed digitally at 2400 pixels x 3000 pixels.
  • We recommend you leave the format of your image in standard rectangle shape; images will be cropped to the above specification as required.
  • Borders, watermarks, signatures or other additions will result in images and videos being disqualified.


  • Maximum video length 30 seconds
  • Maximum file size 50MB              
  • Video format H264 codec (.mov or .mp4)
  • Resolution 720p or 1080p
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Bitrate: 20mbps max

The competition will be blind judged by a panel of experts.

The competition is open until 5pm, Tuesday 30 June 2020.